Joe Biden has been nicknamed the “Part-Time President” because he’s infamous for working only 30 hours a week (at least according to his official presidential schedule). He’s a man who has been in politics for decades, who even before his rise to the Presidency, was known around Washington, D.C. as one of the least impressive members of America’s political class.
Now, as president, Joseph R. Biden may, in fact, be mentally compromised as well as compromised by a coterie of foreign intelligence services, thanks to his wayward son, Hunter Biden’s international “consulting” firm.
Much has been said about Hunter Biden’s alleged perfidy. In case you were unaware (given the speed at which news is happening these days, you couldn’t be blamed for not knowing this), the House Republicans have initiated an impeachment inquiry into the president because of suspicions of his son’s wrongdoing worldwide (supposedly on behalf of the president).
The threat of removal from office, while still low, exists because of the impeachment inquiry. If the Republicans have the votes—which may very well happen if the Republicans can reclaim the majority in the Senate in 2024—to remove Biden, then the political implications are great, should Biden win reelection in 2024.
Biden is Unhealthy
Beyond the impeachment inquiry, though, Biden’s overall health is a real issue to contend with. The president’s doctors insist that he’s incredibly spry for an 80-year-old. Left unanswered, though, is why the president feels it is acceptable for him to “call a lid” on any interaction with the press at noon when the Mideast is erupting into the biggest conflict it has experienced since the ill-fated U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
And it’s not only during major crises that the president is suddenly unavailable for any comment whatsoever. On a normal day, since he took office, Biden has been calling lids on his interaction with the media around three o’clock in the afternoon.
Most presidents work at least until five o’clock in the afternoon. What’s more, according to the New York Post, the President doesn’t normally begin his day until ten in the morning.
That’s five hours of work.
That might cut it for a teenager moonlighting as a waiter to help make it through college. But for the leader of the Free World? What gives? And what’s with the seemingly endless amount of vacations President Biden takes?
Either the Presidency is a super easy job or Biden simply isn’t doing the job to his full ability. Or, given his advanced age, maybe Biden is doing the job to his best capabilities … and that should leave everyone concerned—especially considering how the world is falling apart presently.
Because of these questions about Biden’s mental competence coupled with his ongoing (and escalating) impeachment woes, many are beginning to ask if the president can even make it through a full second term.
After all, he’d be an astonishing 86 years old if he did finish out a potential second term as president. He’s already the oldest man who has ever been president.
If Biden got a second term, he’d be pushing that bar significantly.
The Emperor Has No Clothes
Now Biden’s rivals, such as the unlikely Republican Party presidential candidate in 2024, Nikki Haley, are inquiring as to whether Biden’s number two, the incomprehensible Vice-President Kamala Harris is even qualified to become president.
Even Biden’s normal allies in the media, such as The Atlantic writer, Elaina Plott Calabro, are publicly questioning whether Harris is truly ready to lead, in the likely event she must assume the presidency from Biden.
Things have gotten so uncomfortable for the Biden Administration that the White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients could not come up with a single answer as to why the President and the Biden Campaign believed that Harris was qualified to take over for the president.
Following Zients’ exchange with Calabro, his office eventually sent a stock answer over to Calabro. But by then the damage had been done.
You see, with Harris, many voters lack confidence in her. As with Biden, voters are worried about her competence. Whereas with Biden, voters are concerned that he’s become incompetent due to old age, most voters simply don’t believe Harris is up to the job, because of her years of gaffes and bizarre public showings.
The Democrats are running the weakest ticket imaginable at a time when the country is at a major turning point in the course of its sociopolitical and economic affairs. The Republicans may nominate former President Donald J. Trump, himself a deeply unpopular candidate.
Democrats Cling to Power
Yet, the Democrats are not only likely to nominate a deeply unpopular President Biden to be their nominee but a vice-presidential running-mate who is both significantly disliked and whose basic competence is in doubt in the minds of most voters.
A Biden-Harris ticket could be a major losing ticket in a contentious presidential election cycle. It strains credulity as to why so many Democrats are viscerally opposed to having a real primary.
Given the negatives of both Biden and Harris—to say nothing of their ability to govern well—it is possible that any candidate would be better than these two. Nevertheless, the Democrats have made their bed.
They’re sticking with Biden-Harris, even as the bumbling, babbling duo continue depressing voter turnout.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor and an energy analyst at the The-Pipeline, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert occasionally serves as a Subject Matter Expert for various organizations, including the Department of Defense.